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My life is somewhat of a sitcom. I grew up on Balboa Island, and for those of you who are unfamiliar with this little bit of paradise along the California Coast, it’s between Los Angeles & San Diego. My childhood was slightly unremarkable. I have two brothers and I’m in the middle. The only slightly odd part about that is that they are 20 years apart and they basically grew up with only one sibling (me). They have never lived under the same roof. And no, we don’t have the same fathers, but that’s a really long story...... As most girls do, I dreamed of getting married and having children. You know, the white picket fence, and all of the Ozzie & Harriet, Leave it to Beaver type things that go with that. And I did. I married & divorced, married & divorced, married & divorced (no I’m not stuttering). You might be thinking I left June Cleaver far behind at this point, and you are right. I’ve moved on to the Brady Bunch and somewhat surpassed that, but before you think of Cheaper by the Dozen, you can stop there. I am happily married now and we have 8 kids between us. We have become a wonderfully blended family over the last 10 years. We have become the new normal. And you can throw in all of the ex step children, and one of the ex husbands and we are one big happy group. And then there is the part about my ex step daughter is now my sister-in-law. It’s really not as “Deliverance” as it sounds. During all of these years of interrupted wedding bliss,I’ve had 4 children, 3 of which I had after being hit by a truck (not figuratively). I also found myself in 6 other gentler car accidents, had my back fuzed (you can probably figure out why that happened). I lived in Colorado, Kentucky, Germany & Washington with a military husband, 3 cesarians, a hysterectomy, gall bladder removal, added a lot of great friends from all over the world, and then to top it all off, breast cancer with 6 surgeries that year to try to reconstruct, with two bonus staff infections! I have to say I may have hit a few bumps in the road. Lucky for me I have the best support group of friends and family and I get through it all by always seeing the humor in everything (gift or curse?) But now I seem to be running out of steam. Good thing we are almost down to our last child at home. Our twins leave for College next month, and my daughter will be driving (you Mom’s out there know how that changes your life). So with all of that and the fact that after the year of 6 surgeries, I’ve never felt really well! So I’m taking a break, I’m going to think more about me, or attempt to, I’m going to try to eat better, exercise (the abridged version) with more regularity, and start to consciously think about my life instead of just barreling through it

Story: Not Enough Time


Lisa Rose

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No matter how long we have with the ones that we loved there is never enough time; it always goes by way to fast. You have a beautiful way with words. I cried the whole time while reading the story of Ruthie and what a great joy she was in your life. I wish I could have known her, but thanks to your story, I had a little glimpse through the window of her life. The line that to me summed up your relationship? 'We hopped in the car and headed to the doctor like two little girls that had just met on the playground and were headed towards the swings. We spent the next 14 months together on the slide. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.


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I am left speechless with this loving story. I know this beautiful Janie Brown and she is an angel from heaven. She has delighted me from the moment I layed eyes on her - always honest, full of life and filled with humor. You write from the heart, my love, and you inspire me as you always have. You are a Gift and so is your writing!

swiss german sister

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My dear american -by extension - sister That's how I know and love you, exactly your life. Wish you all the best and lot's of success, in everything you do.


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Janie truly had my full attention through out the whole story. I am in love with the passion and thoughtfulness you had for your friend, Ruthie. She seems like she had a beautiful soul, as do you. Thank you so very much for sharing this story. It makes me realize I must cherish everything I love. You are an absolutely amazing writer and will go far!


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I feel like Janie and I are friends!!!! I love her conversational wit. But she also makes me THINK. When I grow up, I want to be able to write something magnificent. My top choice would be to write a breathtakingly beautiful piece of music.... something like Beethoven's Ode to Joy. Since I do not know anything about music, perhaps I should try to use words. Maybe I could write a moving masterpiece - something like Huckleberry Finn or A Tale of Two Cities. Janie inspires me to give it a try -- that's what she is doing..... Maybe I can emulate her --- in more ways than one!


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What a beautiful, well written and moving story. I'm looking forward to reading more from Janie Brown!


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The honesty with which she writes is refreshing. Has the ability to find humor in life's challenges.


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Even a grumpy crusty old coot will soften once the words of Janie Brown envelop them with a soft blanket of fists donkey punching your heartstrings.


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Brilliant story teller. I am anxious to read more from Janie Brown.

Touches the heart

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It is an all too often occurrence in this world of ours. It is never an easy story to be told, BUT it must be told. JB has told the story. Thank you JB, for allowing me to cry and laugh.

Heather Readerweather

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Cried and laughed the whole way through. Love Janie Brown's real-world style of writing.


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I only know the pain too well and I love the fact of the humor added because it let you keep your sanity!!! Great Job:-)

Army Brat

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Well-written and thoughtful, as well as flashes of humor. Way to go!!


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Want to read more, but the lack of editing disturbs me.


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A beautiful tale of love and life, from beginning to end.

Jackie Jo

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Janie, I am soooooo very glad that you are finally getting serious about your writing. You have a true talent and I am glad that you have found the time to use it!! Now the world can know you as I have for all these years - warm, loving, funny and very talented!!!


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I was at work when I started reading the story of an amazing woman, Ruth. Janie has a gift of telling the story from a powerful, sensitive and yet a funny way that takes the edge off of such a heart breaking story, between two families whoes lives will forever be changed by the experience. I can't wait to read more stories from Janie and I agree with one other reviewer that telling the story with more detail, because I can't get enough of Janie's writing. Well done Janie!!! Guess I better get back to work.

Admire Courage

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This is a profoundly inspiring story, but one that leaves this reader wanting more. Janie's prose flows across the page with the deceptive ease of an Orange County beach day as she glosses over successive waves of adventure, adversity and illness that she characterizes as mere 'bumps in the road.' It is clear that that Janie's humor-- along with her unbelievable courage-- has served her well in a life that has been nothing short of heroic. Yet hers isn't a fundamentally funny story. And if this reader could ask for one thing from Janie it would be that she give the readers more details about her journey and not minimize the drama inherent in her powerful and moving story by laughing too easily at herself. Congratulations to the author.

Jeff Adler

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Wonderful story and very well written at that! JA


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Beautifully honest, endearing and powerful. I couldn't put it down. A beautiful account of a friendship between two courageous women who faced life's toughest challenges with humor and grace. To read it is to laugh, cry, and be inspired.

Tina me

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Great read. Thanks Sue for sharing!


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Holy guacamole! What a story! Well written and an impressive attitude thru it all. Thanks for the read!

Island Girl

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So completely honest, a really great read


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Awesome story and well written. Moving and uplifting. Thank you for sharing and keep it going.


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Outstanding, heartfelt, brings tears to my eyes everytime I read this story along with loud laughter. great job!

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